Jason Holder, the all-rounder of SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) who defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by five wickets after chasing the paltry total of 121 runs target on Saturday, feels that defending at Sharjah is quite difficult.
Wriddhiman Saha and Jason Holder scored 39 and 26 respectively as SRH defeated RCB at the iconic Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Manish Pandey too scored 26 as SRH managed to reach the target in just 14.1 overs while losing five wickets.
Jason Holder: Trying To Defend At Sharjah Is Difficult Considering Dew Factor
The David Warner-led side registered a comprehensive win as they won the match with 35 balls to spare. Thus, the star all-rounder Holder maintained that toss played a vital role and they had made up their mind to bowl first on the track.
“It wasn’t easy. I just wanted to be positive and finish the game. Quite a bit of dew in the last few games. We knew toss was crucial and we wanted to chase,” Jason Holder host broadcaster Star Sports at the post-match presentation.
“Trying to defend here is quite difficult. You are not quite sure of a par total with these boundaries and the dew factor,” he added.
With this win, SRH have now climbed to the fourth spot on the IPL 2020 points table with 12 points from 13 matches. On the other hand, RCB is at second spot with 14 points from 13 matches.
Jason Holder Was Looking For An Opportunity And Got One Against Bangalore
Jason Holder remained unbeaten on 26 from 10 balls which consisted of 1 boundary and three sixes as SRH easily reached the target with five wickets remaining. For RCB, Josh Philippe top-scored with 32 but none of the batsmen had a good strike rate above 120 which saw them managing only 120/7 as Sandeep Sharma, pacer of SRH returned with figures of 2/20 to bag Man of the Match award. Jason Holder too returned with figures of 2/27 while T Natarajan had figures of 1/11 in 4 overs.
“We have got a really good balance and we got to close the tournament well. I was just longing for an opportunity with the bat and tonight I got one,” said SRH all-rounder Holder.
SRH will next take on Mumbai Indians on Tuesday, November 3 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Indians is the only team to have qualified for the playoffs.